Shirin Alam Hooli

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Name: Shirin Alam Hooli
Age: 28
Hanged outside of Evin Prison 9 May 2010
Date condemned: 3 January 2010
Charge: Mohareb and cooperation with armed Kurdish groups.
Notes: Shirin Alam Hooli was arrested on 26 May 2008 and held in a secret Revolutionary Guard prison for 21 days before being transfered to the notorious political prisoners ward (209) at Evin Prison in northwest Tehran. According to her lawyer, Shirin was severely tortured at the Revolutionary Guard detention center, and her appalling medical condition led to a week in Evin's medical clinic before officials would accept her into Ward 209. She is currently held in the general women's ward at Evin, after being subjected to five months in Ward 209.
Although the prosecution was unable to prevent any evidence, Shirin was charged with cooperation with the Kurdish militant group Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and condemned to death as Mohareb, a religious charge meaning "war against God."
Shirin's severe torture in detention is a violation of Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), of which Iran is a signatory. As the prosecution did not provide valid evidence against Shirin Alam Hooli, her arbitrary detention violates Article 9 of the UDHR. Such a trial cannot be considered "impartial" or "independent" as required by Article 10. Furthermore, the prosecution could not have met the burden of proof, guaranteed by Article 11.
A letter by Alam Hooli, "In Short, They Did To Me Whatever They Could" was published by supporters and showcased by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 10 February 2010. Among other ordeals, she writes about prison guards attempting to break her hunger strike by forcing feeding tubes into her stomach.
On 27 February, Radio Zamaneh and others reported that over 2,000 human rights activists petitioned on behalf on Hooli, calling for her sentence to be overturned. According to the letter, while Hooli had been interrogated in Persian, she had only a rudimentary knowledge of the language, and her confession should be nullified. The letter also reiterated that Hooli had been brutally tortured in Evin Prison.